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East African Law Society

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Canadian Bar Association
Acronyme : CBA
Type : Association professionelle
Mandat : The CBA is the largest voluntary professional association of the Canadian legal profession, representing some 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, academics and students.. The CBA is committed to improving the law, the administration of justice and access to justice; promotes equality in the legal profession and in the justice system; and improves and promotes the knowledge, skills, ethical standards and well-being of members of the legal profession. It works internationally through its International Development Program (IDP) in which the IYIP would be situated.
Adresse : 865 Carling Avenue, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1S 5S8
FAX: (613)  237 0185
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Personne ressource : Al Cook
Courriel : alc@cba.org
Pays : Tanzanie
Ville : Arusha
Secteur : Gouvernement et société civile
Description du stage : The intern would assist EALS in implementing its joint continuing legal education program to improve the standard of legal services provided by lawyers in East Africa; provide assistance in research and law reform development to EALS' advocacy program considering policy issues in the East African Community relating to constitutionalism and human rights; provide analysis, reporting and research designed to improve the functioning of the Society and its member societies, including organizational capacity strengthening; and assist EALS in a research project to assess the participation of women in the judicial systems in East Africa, identifying and evaluating barriers to the inclusion of women in the different levels of the judicial system, including within the legal profession: this research would provide the groundwork leading to a draft proposal for an EALS project on women in the law in Eastern Africa. The intern would be well placed to draw from the lessons learned from the 1993 Task Force on Gender Equality report, "Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity and Accountability", and subsequent CBA equality initiatives on the status of women and racial minorities in the legal profession in Canada . The intern could help identify potential donors/partners.

In Canada
The intern will be preparing for the placement. Preparations include:

- Before commencement of internship: Attending 3-day pre-departure briefing and orientation in Ottawa in June: making travel arrangements, filling in on-line and paper forms, discussing and signing intern contract, receiving, discussing and organizing information, meeting CBA Coordinator, staff and other interns etc. (see Pre-departure briefing schedule above). Starting then, the intern develops a reading list and begins reading and researching his/her host country and relevant issues.

- August 1st to September 6th: a) Logistical and practical : obtaining visa, doing and checking travel and entry requirements and documentation; booking air travel and purchasing tickets; getting medical requirements and inoculations, researching host country in practical terms, contacting host supervisor, predecessor and colleague interns on practical issues and arrangements, how to go about travel in host country, accommodation possibilities, exchange rate, banking and other financial information and procedures; setting up a banking procedure with an "Authorized person" to look after financial arrangements and incoming cheques in Canada; purchasing appropriate clothing and necessities, guide book etc. b) Project and work-related: Doing research and other preparatory work that can best be done while still in Canada, preparing resources and materials to take to placement, developing work plan in consultation with host supervisor and CBA Coordinator and staff, familiarizing him or herself with host country constitution and judicial system, legal and justice situation and procedures, relevant legal, social, economic and political issues.

- On return to Canada: attending Debriefing at CBA in Ottawa: delivering a presentation on placement, discussing issues to be taken into account by future interns, attending workshops on career prospects and CBA support for job search, on preparing resumes and cover letters as well as interview techniques, and also on reintegration into Canada.

Overseas

1. Digest of Human Rights cases: compile human rights cases from the East African region and beyond; communicate with the interns who took part in the CBA/EALS Access to Justice workshop in Zanzibar between 15th and 19th May 2006 to help in locating, analyzing and formulating some of the important decisions; retrieve and formulate decisions of a human rights nature from regional courts such as COMESA and ECOWAS.

2. Digest of Access to Justice cases: compile access-to-justice and legal aid related cases in the East African Region and beyond; retrieve and collate leading decisions from other jurisdictions such as Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.

3. Assist with research and writing for issues of "The East African Lawyer" magazine dealing with gender and the law and HIV/AIDS and the law in East Africa and reviewing the 2006 AGM.

4. The Civil Society Organizations Forum: convene working groups from Arusha, Tanzania and partner states, by areas of expertise, to deal with issues such as agriculture and the environment, children and youth, development and education, the law, legal affairs and human rights; the status of women and women's issues, and lawyers associations

5. Assist with organizing EALS Annual General Meeting and Conference in October 2007, and with the completion and publication of the 2006 Annual Report, and compile, review and edit the documents and presentations made at the AGM.

6. Compile the research and analysis needed as groundwork for EALS's "Women and the Law" project, with particular reference to the CBA's equity initiatives, addressing in particular women and the law, and the future of the legal profession.

The intern will produce: 4 bi-monthly reports, including a final report; ongoing correspondence by e-mail with CBA Coordinator, other interns and intern Counsellors; a personal project e.g. learning a local language (or teaching English or French), creative writing regarding the placement, or photography; doing a personal research or writing project on a topic that particularly interests them for publication in Canada as an outreach activity; two-week holiday regarded as important opportunity to learn about the host country in an informal, practical as well as enjoyable way. Interns are also encouraged to participate in local activities, church, sport, theatre etc., and to make contributions socially and to the community, charitable walks and fundraising, joining choirs etc. These types of activity have been found to be particularly rewarding.
Organisation d'accueil : East Africa Law Society
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The East Africa Law Society (EALS) is the regional Bar Association in East Africa, bringing together the five thousand-plus individual lawyer-members from the East African Community as well as the four national bar associations: Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and Zanzibar Law Society. EALS is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in Tanzania, and registered as a foreign company in Kenya and Uganda.

The mandate of EALS is to uphold justice through advocacy for human rights and the rule of law; to promote social responsibility in political and social institutions of governance throughout the East African region; and to promote access to legal services throughout the region.